Saturday, December 21, 2013

Festivus

Dear Reader,

Please stop the hustle and bustle and last minute wrapping. I need to say one thing: 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Independent Newspaper - East Hampton, New York

Have you ever guessed what it would be like as a semi-finalists on American Idol or The Voice? Treated like a celebrity and flown back home for parades and marching bands, as well as given the keys to the city? Well, I know what it's like. It happened to me last week, sort of -

Along with my children’s story, The Big Bad Rain Monster, I was featured in The Independent Newspaper, Home for The Holidays edition! And, my write-up is alongside one on Karen Fredericks, a nationally known award winning illustrator and author!  What an honor, indeed.

To read more about it all, click here:  The Independent and flip to page C13. 




Saturday, November 30, 2013

NaNoWriMo Hours Left to Write

Family members visited this past Thanksgiving week; kids and adults all hoping for gorgeous sunny, swimming days. Instead, the weather was horrible. Downpours, scattered showers and bleak skies prevailed. However, we managed one magnificent day on Paradise Island, sitting on the ultra sandy white beach, under a hot heavy sunny sky. We enjoyed jet ski rides, walks on the beach, yoga stretches and yummy Pina Colidas - virgin and not.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Long Way to Go

This Royal Palm tree sits majestically in front of a neighbor's house down the street. Notice the huge, green vines growing up the tree. I've often stopped to admire the intricate weaving of the vine, wondering how long it took to grow.

Monday, November 11, 2013

In the Green

I put up the Christmas tree today. 

Oh, you think that's odd that I have the time, what 
with trying to write 50,000 words by November 30th for NaNoWriMo? Or, that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, and Christmas is about six weeks away, so why the tree? Is that what you mean?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NaNoWriMo on Target

My second day of working at the casino is now behind me.

In need of a change, I happened to drive past the casino when the brainstorm hit me: I could work the casino. I could do it!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day Two of NaNoWriMo

Just completed day two of NaNoWriMo with a total of 3,546 words. Only 46,454 words left to write. Oy, vey!

I also discovered that according to NaNo, I'm a rebel. Little surprise there. More on that -  maybe, at a later date, as Carpal Tunnel sets into my left hand. God certainly did not intend our hands to write on keyboards, for sure. Oh, the pains of being a writing!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Raking Leaves

Autumn is predictably my favorite month. I love the coolness in the air and the rustle of crunchy leaves under my toasty feet. I love inhaling deeply the alluring scent of cheerfully colored pompom marigolds; wearing warm jackets; and cozying up with a cuppa hot tea and a soft blanket. I even enjoy raking leaves, which in return blesses me with a sense of accomplishment. But, I can do without the guaranteed blisters, products of my hard pulls on the rake. There's too the pop-up garage sales and pumpkin picking that remain priceless memories shared with family and friends. In the Bahamas, the gifts of the season, although quite different, are also ubiquitous. But, not this year. Not for me that is.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Friends

A year a and half later, I still receive requests to autograph a book from time to time. It's always a pleasure for which I am truly grateful. On top of that, I get to meet some awesome kids and their families - including pets and best friends.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Note to My Kids

The tide was really low early this morning. I don't think I've seen it so far out before, and not even a red tide. Clear - no seaweed - no jellies, or 'plastic,' as the kids reminded me of how I sometimes refer to those stinging jellyfish. 

Noyac Bay is truly incredible. I wonder what's up with that? Summer's end, maybe?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Magic of Children

"There is an exquisite feeling many of us had as children, that everything is good, that every day promises more excitement and adventure, and that nothing could every thwart our joy for the magic of it all. But somehow as we grew into adults,responsibilities, problems, and difficulties took their toll on us, we became disillusioned and the magic we once believed in as children faded and disappeared. It's one of the reasons why as adults, we love being around children, so that we can experience that feeling we once had, even if it's just for a moment."
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

Stirring Up the Magic @ JLS

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Writers Digest Prompt

http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition/your-story-52

This particular photo appealed to me because of the children. No wonders there.

What can you write about this photo in 25 words or less?  Why not give it at try. It's free! Click here: http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition/your-story-52. The deadline is August, 26th, so hurry up!  I just submitted mine :)



Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Woman I Am

Today, 
I leave fatigue behind and become this kind of woman. Look out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Vampires and Surround Sound

One thing is certain - I am not a vampire!

Vampires sleep during the day. I can't. I might try but it never works. I either find myself thinking about what I could be accomplishing, or I start writing stories in my too active mind. It's actually amazing that I sleep at all, but there are random days that I occasionally give it the old let's-see-if-this-works try. Like the other day, for example.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ArtHampton

The Hamptons are noted for an assortment of breathtaking assets including art of all shapes and styles. This past weekend, ArtHamptons celebrated their 6th annual commingling of dealers and galleries honoring the artists they represent, as well as people like myself who are in absolute awe of the incredible and noteworthy masterpieces.

Fortunately for me, Saturday was not a beach faring day and that being so, I was able to budge from my daily spot along the seashore. Accompanied by my daughter, we left our beach chairs and summer readings long enough to take in the incredible and gifted talent of so many great masters of the arts.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Oswald Greenslade* Self-Published Author*

I've been waiting for the best time to introduce this particular self-published author and his unique book. Considering that July 10th is the 40th anniversary of Bahamas Independence, there could be no time better than now!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July Expenses

The previous post was written while I was in The Bahamas. Today's post finds me in the celebrity-packed Hamptons of Eastern Long Island, New York. No. I haven't sighted any note-worthies - yet. However, July has just begun.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tough Love Ringtones

It could happen anywhere, but it happened here in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The Tribune, a local newspaper recently reported that the June prom and graduation ceremony of St. John's College* was nixed by the Anglican Central Education Authority (ACEA). This drastic ruling was mandated due to the alleged "impudent acts" performed by a select group of students. It was further stated that another incident occurred where the students configured their cell phones to set off ringtones during a service.

The arduous and reverberating decision made by the ACEA, which affected the innocent as well, has resulted in a pending law case brought on by the disgruntled parents to recoup graduation funds previously paid. Aside from pending legalities, some students conducted their own graduation ceremony, but are still minus the memories of prom.

I can imagine the disappointment of all, and the outrage of some. I can even imagine some saying, "How dare they!"

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reading Statistics

I can read Tolstoy's War and Peace in 31 hours and 59 minutes. I know. I'm a slow reader. I don't want to miss a word.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Keyboard Issues

My son called the other day and asked, "What's up?"
I fired back with 
'I'm trying to figure out the keyboard on this computer.'
He goes, "What? Whadda mean?" 
I chuckled slightly. 
It sounded a bit odd as I've been using keyboards since before time.
In fact, I have two computers, 
hence - two keyboards. 
And, they both suffer from exactly the same ailment:

Overworked by a Writer!

Missing a Few Letters

(click on the pic and you'll see:)





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Right Shoes

“.. its not so much about the shoes, but the person wearing them” 
― Adriana TrigianiViola in Reel Life


When my daughter puts on her grownup shoes like the stunning ones above, I look up to her. Actually, I look up to my daughter in many ways. She could be barefoot, or eye-to-eye and I would still be looking up to her. Nevertheless, movie star legend Marilyn Monroe was correct in saying:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Paroxysm of An Underlining Habit

I have a habit. It's one of many. I call this one My Underlining Habit.

I'll be reading a book and come across a word that's unfamiliar. Oftentimes, the word isn't completely foreign to me, but perhaps one I seldom use. If I want to befriend the word for the purpose of easing it into my vocabulary, My Underlining Habit kicks in.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Readers Block


Except for the Piping Plovers with their clear whistle peeps and the small waves that battle the shore, the beach is tranquil.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Oh So Like King

I was over at The Bahamas Humane Society (Thrift Shop) donating stuff, and of course came home with purchased stuff. Go figure. Among the few items selected was Stephen Kings, Just After Sunset, a compilation of short stories - 13 to be exact. (Isn't it oh so like King to set the stories to that superstitious number!)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Healing in the Heartland


Minutes ago the winds whipped and stirred about, howling as they do. Heavy rain fell, leaving puddles island-wide large enough in some areas to reach the calf of pant legs. Not surprisingly, the internet went down; "outside" dogs barked incessantly, alarmed. Abruptly - silence followed, and perching birds could be heard singing in the ominous calm: for-chee, for-chee, for-chee.


Earlier, when there was radio reception, I heard that those students scheduled for exams were to report to school, all others were to remain home. A friend called to cancel our evening writer's meeting. She graciously organized it; planned to pop in, then depart for the airport, on her flight to England tonight. However, just reading an email alert from the US Embassy here in Nassau, odds are that the flight could be cancelled.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Allie MacPhail* Self-Published Author*

Not long after The Big Bad Rain Monster debuted in The Bahamas, I became aware of another new author and her then recently published children's book. 

It first started with a Facebook message from a friend who admirably promotes local talent and messaged "Have you heard about...?" I hadn't, but it was inevitable as shortly afterwards it seemed that Allie MacPhail and I Can't Sleep was ubiquitous in Nassau, Bahamas. I either walked into a shop where the insightful and humorous book beamed at me; read about it online without trying; or overheard critics raving about it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Remembering Mom

Mom and I twirled through life on separate pages; the distance between us chapters long. Unlike a well written story, we rarely melded in harmony of plot or theme. We never dotted our “T’s” alike; she maintained her own point of view, while I nourished mine - deepening the conflict of our spirited characters.

Without any specific or dramatic declaration, we entered into an unraveling time in our lives where everything changed; I became an adult; an employee, and eventually a mother. I became responsible for others. I set examples. I enforced rules. I loved and I punished. I was adored and disliked.  I became my mother.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Welcome to My Weather

Here in Colorado, the white stuff is once again falling from the sky.  As I shuffled the kids off to school this cold morning, we each gazed up, opened our mouths and caught the flakes. I was a kid again.

The six or more bunnies that regularly visit the backyard, who were all sunning themselves on Sunday, are nowhere to be found. I guess I will just go out in the snow and play by myself. Don't be jealous!




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What happens after Boston?

News is really not my thing. And, it's definitely not my thing to report on the news, for that matter, nor bring it up in casual conversations. Yet once again, that all changed the other day.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Showers

Chatting about the weather again and I find myself feeling a wee bit remorseful for the tourist.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tea Time for Sun Beam Girl

Once again, it’s hot tea weather here in Bahamaland. In fact, while on my early morning walks, I've noticed a few locals wearing winter coats.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Writer Today: Do You Write To Blog or Do You Blog To Write?

The Writer Today: Do You Write To Blog or Do You Blog To Write?

To be true to myself, I write. So, I blog to write and I write to blog. It's my contribution to self; and if anyone else enjoys my writing, well, then it is a gift.
I first started blogging to introduce my children's story and detail some of the bits that went into writing,
self-publishing and marketing the book.  Now, I blog as a continuation of my writing and my need to write. Blogging gives me a reason to write, and reminds me to go to my notebooks and write my stories.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Literary Contest

That's my Aunt D in the photo. Doesn't she look so happy (and proud) holding a copy of The Big Bad Rain Monster? 

I posted the photo last August, but was reminded of it now.

Recently, Aunt D mailed me a clipping from Dan's Papers, the largest weekly community newspaper and magazine service for the East End of Long Island, New York - a.k.a.,  The Hamptons.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Further Boat Messages

While reading random sections of Writer's Guide to 2013, I came upon some interesting tips shared by children's author, +Kelly Milner Halls. Aside from participating in author visits and speaking engagements, Ms. Halls commented that she too is always camera-ready. I wonder - does she have a Canon S100 like mine?

In case you didn't read my last post (naughty you!) it included a picture that I shot of an abandoned vessel that was stuck on dry land, atop coral and sand. Unfortunately for the skipper and crew, the boat was definitely going nowhere soon. But, what really caught my attention was the name: Second Chance.

While snapping that photo, I contemplated whether the not too seafaring craft had already surpassed its second chance, or was that a future voyage? I realized then more than ever that people are like boats; each headed on their own particular voyages - some moving forward, while others are stock-still.

Thinking further, I discerned that I must undoubtedly be into messages from boats these days; they seem to be sailing in to subliminally share their intuitive wisdom.

Just the other day and quite by accident, I happened down a residential, neat and tidy side street (yes - street) and saw:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Story in Every Snap

For my birthday this past November - (Yes, I am that Scorpio!) - my kids gave me a Canon S100.

It's an excellent camera; lightweight and slender, with a collapsible zoom that captures near and far. It almost makes it near to impossible to take obscure photos - a feature that rates 5-stars from me.

I virtually carry the camera wherever I go, as I never know when that perfect shot will present itself. (Cell phone pics are so-so, in comparison.)

Needless to say, I've taken numerous and some rather unusual photos, with not too much consideration about whether or not I will actually do anything with them afterwards. (It sort of reminds me of my writing: Will I publish again -  or forever file, file, file?)                                                            BPZFKUUYN36B

The picture below is one of my just had to take photos. I actually did a double take when I first came upon the scene. When I passed by again, I turned the Kia around and parked; ran across the traffic infested street and snapped. It was then that I thought about the chicken and the egg dilemma, and with the mind of a writer, I further pondered:

What comes first, the photo or the story?



"Second Chance"



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Interviewed by Karen Kelly Boyce


Karen Kelly Boyce has won the prestigious 2012 Eric Hoffer Gold Award in the category of Commercial Fiction for her book, Down Right Good. Karen is also the recipient of the esteemed Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval for her books, According to Thy Word, and Into the Way of Peace.


And, Guess what?

Karen Kelly Boyce contacted me to review The Big Bad Rain Monster, and subsequently interview me.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Arrivederci and Good Luck

It was around 15 years ago that I first saw the 1955 black-and-white movie “Summertime.”


In this romantic film, Katherine Hepburn portrays Jane Hudson, a lonely secretary from Ohio, vacationing in VeniceItaly. 

While enjoying "The City of Canals," Jane meets a charming fellow; falls passionately in love, only to discover that he is married with children. 

Somewhere long before Jane's disturbing findings - perhaps during the gondola ride, or while sitting in the piazza enjoying a silky glass of Merlot - I fell madly in love with Italy. Needless to say, Italy has been on my bucket list ever since. 

This March, I’m finally doing it.  I'm going to Italy!  Well, at least a part of me is.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Da Current Done Gone

Doesn't it sometimes just grab you the wrong way when things don’t go just so?


I had one of those days recently. It was a mid-December morn. Practically everyone was smack in the middle of wrapping and decking for the holidays. With tasks piled way high waiting to be executed, each had one thing in common: a timely resolution - minus the wear and tear on dear old me. Oh, I mean young me.

I was well aware that the highways, (yes, we have highways on this archipelago) like the stores, were jammed packed. Considering that most of my chores embraced driving, I needed an efficient course of navigation. Hence, I jotted down a To-Do List – not an uncommon task for Nassauvians. This "rock" might be an island only 21 miles long and 7 miles wide, but when it comes to traffic and bottle-necking, Nassau isn't any different from other populated towns.

Therefore, I had my list, along with the planned stops, but ahead of all that, I had the dogs to walk; breakfast, newspaper, Sudoku, and treadmill time; followed by a few hours of computer/internet work. (Thankfully, it wasn't housecleaning day.) 

After a warm shower, I methodically planned to drive to the nearest and first location on the list. Of course, in my perfect world, everything would be completed prior to 3PM. This is when the halls of education rang open and avid readers, writers and future leaders were collected, carefree and unaware of the congestion they added to the already overcrowded streets.


My organized plan was strategic and almost came to fruition, until the “current done gone.” Quick as a seagull diving for a fish, my purposeful aura of pending fulfillment exited and Ms. Frustration boldly sauntered in; so much for plans.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Un Petit Lecteur

Je vais m'amuser certains.

J'écris en français ----- MON français, celui est. Vous comprendrez pourquoi, ensuite – peut-être. En attendant, je voudrais voir si quelqu'un répond avec une traduction et des corrections – ou – Pourquoi le français ? Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?

Comme j'ai mentionné, c'est MON Français, va tellement ici:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Greeting

‎"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy 

Carpe diem each and every day of 2013. 

Here's wishing you good health; many reasons to smile; hearts full of love and laughter; and, may the only monster that visits you this year be "The Big Bad Rain Monster."

Happy 2013 to all.